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Energy transfer within Vehicle Restraint Systems -Maker Challenge: Creative Crash Test Cars


In this unit, students will learn about how energy is transferred during a car accident. The students will then have to design a vehicle restraint system to protect a  “passenger” in a collision. Students will need to research existing restraint systems. Students will need to design a restraint system of their own in small groups. Students will need to test their prototypes using a ramp and a wall to collide with.

Learning Targets: 
Compile a list of safety features found on vehicles.
Expand on and improve upon this list with specific examples from research
come up with a vehicle safety design feature for their model cars that is not currently in use, or one that works better than those currently in use.
examine the provided building materials and note similarities, such as craft sticks being similar to metal framing bars, and foam/felt being similar to the insulation and padding incorporated into modern vehicles.
build and do small tests against a wall so they can see how the impact affects the materials.
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Next Generation and Michigan Science